Jharkhand dumps 2,201 kg of biomedical waste per day without treatment: CSE study

Jharkhand dumps 2,201 kg of biomedical waste per day without treatment: CSE study

Ranchi: Hospitals and nursing homes in Jharkhand could be blatantly flouting India’s bio-medical waste laws by dumping hundreds of tonnes of such wastes without treatment, says a latest sample survey and study done in the state by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the New Delhi-based public policy advocacy organisation.

Not Handled With Care, CSE’s first such study on biomedical waste management, was released at a workshop here today.

The study, which collected waste management infor­mation from 19 hospitals in Ranchi and Dhanbad districts with a combined bed ca­pacity of 3,486, highlights how the hospitals are flouting the Bio-Medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998 and the Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016, at every stage.

“Every day, healthcare facilities in Jharkhand dump 2,201 kg of biomedical waste without even basic treatment,” said Chandra Bhusan, deputy director general, CSE. This is over 40 per cent of the total bio-med­ical waste generated in the state; the India average is close to 7 per cent.

As per the rules, waste should be segregated in four containers but some 42 per cent hospitals do not follow even this basic segregation guideline, as per CSE study. It added most hospitals (79 per cent) transport their waste in open containers, which increases the risk of spreading infec­tion.

The report stated that plastic parts of used syringes are either dumped or burnt in the location where vaccination is being administered, or are sold to local scrap dealers.CSE study

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